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John David Hein 1947 - 2021
John David Hein

HOISINGTON — John David Hein, 74, died Nov. 15, 2021 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington, Kan. He was born on June 5, 1947, in Great Bend, Kan., to David and Elvina (Michaelis) Hein. John was united in marriage to Julie Ann Hester on Oct. 15, 1972.

A lifetime Hoisington resident, John graduated from Hoisington High School Class of 1965 and attended Beauty Academy in Great Bend and was a licensed cosmetologist. After graduating cosmetology school, John and his twin brother, Don, were co-owners of Hair Fashion Salon. Shortly after opening the salon, John was called to serve his country. He served as a corpsman in a Korean MASH unit during the Vietnam War. John began working at Dillons in Great Bend in 1974 and was retired from there in 2011 after 36 1/2 years. 

As a lifetime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, he served on the church council and was the church organist for 53 years. John began a long career in cake decorating in 1979 for his twin brother’s wedding cake. Over the years, countless cakes were made for family and friends throughout the region and as far away as Norman, Okla.

John is survived by wife Julie and daughter Joelle Hein-Jacobs; two grandchildren, Jensen Jacobs and Jozie Jacobs, both of Great Bend; sister-in-law, Sheila Hein, and brother and sister-in-laws, Peter Hester, Jayme Walker, Joni Rowl and husband Dennis, Janelle Ross and friend Bill Koonce; numerous nieces and nephews, Shawn (Jenn) Hein, Courtney (Fred Shofler) Walker, Thomas (Jenny) Walker, Jason (Darcy) Rowl and family, Ryan (Heather) Rowl and family, Andrew (Whitney) Rowl and family, Kyle (Sarah Schulte) Rowl, Jackie (James) Mayonado and family. He was preceded in death by and his parents; a twin brother, Don Hein; and nephew, Douglas Hein.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, with family to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. A Prayer service will begin at 7 p.m., all at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington, with Pastor Wayne Balyga presiding. Burial will follow at Hoisington Cemetery, Hoisington, Kan. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church or Kans for Kids, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home 

P,O, Box 146 

Hoisington, KS 67544

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 17, 2021